WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Obama administration may reconsider shielding Israel from critical actions in international forums, according to reports.
Politico and the New York Times on Thursday each quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying that the United States may back a UN Security Council resolution that would set the parameters for a two-state solution according to the 1967 lines.
The change comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the lead up to Tuesday’s elections, pulled back from endorsing a two-state solution, saying there would be no Palestinian state on his watch.
In the past, the Obama administration has shielded Israel from critical resolutions, even when such resolutions hewed with administration policy; one famous instance was a 2011 U.S. veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlement expansion that was in line with U.S. President Barack Obama’s opposition to settlement building.
Administration officials, asked by JTA for comment, pointed to statements Wednesday by spokesmen for the White House and State Department.
Those spokesmen did not say that the United States would now back, or at least not oppose, Israel-critical actions in international forums, but they did say that a change was possible.
“We are not going to get ahead of any decisions about what the United States would do with regard to potential action at the UN Security Council,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in her briefing for reporters.
“I will reiterate that it has long been the position of the United States under Republican and Democratic presidents, and it has been the position of successive Israeli governments, that only a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and independent Palestine can bring lasting peace and stability to both peoples,” she said. “The prime minister, as we all know, in his comments earlier this week indicated that he is no longer committed to pursuing this approach. Based on the prime minister’s comments, the United States is in a position going forward where we will be evaluating our approach with regard to how best to achieve a two-state solution.”